January 27, 2006

Hooray for the Red, White and Black!

TeamUSAButtonSmall.jpgThe Mysterious K, the Master Mistress of Blog Buttons, has made a button for the US Olympic Knitting Team. Purloin at will. (P.S. She reassures me that the button is red, white and blue. My monitor insists that it’s red, white and black but, when I tell her this, she goes into a long song and dance about how she has a Mac and I have a PC and Macs are the ultimate in computer technology and PCs are pieces of poo-poo and her Mac is Calibrated and my PC isn’t Calibrated so her Mac must be right and my PC must be wrong. So, in short, I make no guarantees about what color the button is. But if you want to stay on my good side, you’ll all leave comments saying things like, “Most assuredly, the button is red, white and black.” Or, “Indubitably, the button is red, white and black.” Or, “The black on that button is the blackest black I've ever seen.” Or, “The colors of the American flag have been red, white, and black for as long as I can remember. That button couldn't be any more accurate.”)


Thanks to a gift of various mohair yarns from my friend June, I have been compelled lately too churn out more Cloud Hats. I swear, these hats are like the potato chips of the knitting world; you can’t knit just one.


The two above were made from a ghastly pastel-variegated worsted yarn and bubble-gum-pink mohair. The worsted was on its way to the garbage can (Seriously. It was too prissy and too namby-pamby in its colors to even give someone; it had to die) but, at the eleventh hour, I rescued it from Death Row and combined it with the pink mohair to see what would happen. The results were surprisingly cute, kicky and colorful. The coyote-ugly worsted striped itself in a pleasing way and the mohair added some fuzz, and some depth and “punch” to the pastel colors. And that, my friends, is what makes these damn things so addicting.

(Mongol Lee was placed artfully in the picture to try to prevent the two pink hats from looking so much like two little boobies, but it didn’t work. Now they just look like the boobies of a woman who happens to carry a small Mongolian bactrian camel around in her cleavage.)


This Cloud Hat is double-fuzzy, having been knit out of a fuzzy, cream-colored acrylic and orange mohair. It came out looking exactly like an orange popsicle and I salivated quite unattractively the entire time I knit it (a new way of wetting and blocking as you go, I suppose). As per usual, you can attribute the funny shape of the hat to the fact that it is sitting on one of TMK's FoodSaver canisters. I assure you, the hat will fit perfectly well on a round-headed child. Which is good news, since I doubt there are many children in Mongolia who have heads shaped like FoodSaver canisters.


As a final part of this Friday morning ramble, I'm pleased to present TMK's latest spinning efforts, 4 oz. of the sage roving spun up! I haven't seen it in person yet but I'm thinking it looks pretty spiffy for someone who has been spinning for only 2 weeks and who is stubbornly determined to learn 99% on her own.


And, since, when I asked TMK to send me a photograph of her spinning I also asked her to take some impromptu photos of other goings-on in her house, this is what else I got.

A picture of a very cheerful primrose to brighten up our currently endless winter gloom:


And a picture of Frankie doing her imitation of Goya's Maja (the clad or unclad version I leave up to you).


Posted by Ryan at January 27, 2006 11:43 AM

Um, how about navy??
And, wow, K, nice spinnin'!

Posted by: jenny from duluth on January 27, 2006 11:58 AM

I can tell that it's blue because your text is black, and it's just a hair lighter than the text. (To get on TMK's good side.) However, since so very very very many of us (unenlighted sadsacks) out here are using PCs, um, it probably doesn't matter much that TMK's looks perfectly blue, cuz we're all gonna see it really really dark. (To pacify Ryan.)
But the sage singles are (to quote Dory the Fish)SO...PRETTY. >staring glassy-eyed at the screen

Posted by: Carrie on January 27, 2006 11:59 AM

It's blue, but then again I have a mac!

Posted by: carla on January 27, 2006 12:09 PM

Such cute hats! Just finished another one myself and I used your trick, Ryan, of knitting the ribbing K2, P2 for half and the switching to P2, K2 - very cool :)

That Frankie - they just don't come more engaging than that!

Posted by: Robbyn on January 27, 2006 12:10 PM

YAH! frankie pictures!!!

*ahem. I made my colors on my PC color true and it is just a realllll dark navy. Sorry babe.

yeah hats, yeah spinning. Yeah for a fun post!

Posted by: anj on January 27, 2006 12:12 PM

Thankfully I am on a mac and have a reason to say it is a lovely blue. The hats are adorable, I just got some wonderful mohair from New Zealand and will be adding them to my repitoir. TMK - your spinning is excellent! I hope you are having a wonderful time with it.

Posted by: Elaine on January 27, 2006 12:17 PM

I thought all we big-chested gals carried bactrian camels in our cleavage. Helps with the whole lift/separate thing.

Posted by: martha in mobile on January 27, 2006 12:24 PM

Note to TMK: Aha! Apparently unplyed yarn is called "singles", not "string" they way you insist on terming it.

Posted by: Ryan on January 27, 2006 12:35 PM

Sort of a *midnight* blue. How's that?

Now, Cuz, only you would look at that photo and insist that those (presumably head-size) hats resembled "little" boobies.

Posted by: Cuzzin Tom on January 27, 2006 12:36 PM

I have a PC. It's blue to me.

TMK: Them's some gooooood lookin' singles. The plying lesson offer still stands, after you spin whatever you want to ply it with. I'll even bring my spiffy tensioned lazy kate (which has a cool design that a clever woodworker could easily replicate).

Posted by: Melinda on January 27, 2006 12:44 PM

Blue on my PC. Nice button! :)

Posted by: Laura on January 27, 2006 01:04 PM

In my defense, Cuzzin, the hat on the right IS child-head size, not adult-head size. The one on the left, however, definitely qualifies as a bazoomba and not as a boobie.

And, Dear Readers, you don't seem to get it. I don't really care what you ACTUALLY see on your computers--navy blue, cornflower blue, prussian blue, teal, whatevuh. Out of pure loyalty, you're supposed to back up my black theory. But, apparently, now that TMK is a spinner, she has her own set of blogfans, who, apparently, see blue, blue and nothing but blue. Drat.

Posted by: Ryan on January 27, 2006 01:05 PM

I've always liked saying "gazongas"... maybe that's just me. :)

Posted by: Jenny from duluth on January 27, 2006 01:15 PM

I notice the lovely haze that surrounds your little Cloud Hats - I am making some right now with a beautiful long-haired mohair but most of the 'haze' is on the inside - the purl side -

How do I make it haze up on the knit / outside?
Surely you don't take a tiny little needle and draw the mohair through the stitches after you're finished - say it isn't so -

Posted by: Childe on January 27, 2006 01:38 PM

It must be something in our different knitting techniques, Childe, because I have as much fuzz on the outside of my hats as I do on the inside. And, no, I love me some knitting, but I'd shoot myself if I found myself drawing mohair fuzz from the inside of a hat to the outside.

Posted by: Ryan on January 27, 2006 01:47 PM

I'll say it is definately black. Even if it were white I'd insist it's black if You say so. If anyone would be wondering what color is your heart, I'd say it is golden. Because of Dulaan.

Posted by: Lene on January 27, 2006 01:57 PM

Where can I find the pattern for these Cloud Hats?

Posted by: Charlotte on January 27, 2006 02:07 PM

Charlotte, the Cloud Hat pattern is on my/this blog, in the left hand column, under Free Patterns at the bottom. Also, I'll email you the URL off-blog.

Thank you, Lene. You made me blush!

Posted by: Ryan on January 27, 2006 02:17 PM

Black, blacker, blackest--it's the blackest black I've ever seen in my life. If it were ink it would be Noodler's Polar Black. It's so black the light in my monitor is disappearing into the button.

Posted by: Aarlene on January 27, 2006 02:52 PM

My apologies; it is, of course, black. Surely it was rendered blue by my lowly Mac.

Oh, and I like "Mahoovas-Bahoovatoovas", a nickname a friend of mine came up with in the fourth grade.

Posted by: Elaine on January 27, 2006 02:57 PM

Now you're getting it, Dear Readers, especially Aarlene who's hint at the "black hole-ness" of the black made me totally laugh out loud.

And, you, Elaine, I'm glad to see you've gotten your black vs. blue act together. If you ever need me to make up fantastic lies about monitor colors to help you in your relationship with Bling, you know you can count on me.

Posted by: Ryan on January 27, 2006 03:10 PM

Black as Uriah Heep's heart, most assuredly.

Posted by: Janine on January 27, 2006 03:33 PM

I see Black. Without question it's black. *grin*

And Frankie does a MAH VAH LOUS reclining nude.

Posted by: Bling! on January 27, 2006 03:39 PM

"Mongol Lee was placed artfully in the picture to try to prevent the two pink hats from looking so much like two little boobies, but it didn’t work. Now they just look like the boobies of a woman who happens to carry a small Mongolian bactrian camel around in her cleavage"

This made me had to stumble to the bathroom with my thighs crossed, tears streaming down my face, laughing out loud while my co-workers stared at me. I then had to explain. Thank you for that.

That thar butt'n? Red, white and black, y'all. Blackedy black. Blackalicious even. (Sorry TMK, I was stalking her first.)

Posted by: Stalker Angie on January 27, 2006 03:40 PM

Definitely black. Black iron woodstove have been recently blackened black. Darkest ebony. Fresh wide-tipped sharpie black. Black.

Posted by: Lisa A on January 27, 2006 04:28 PM

All right! That's enough kissing-up for one day. You're going to give Ryan a big head, thinking she can just TELL you all what you see. I know and you know that it's blue. ;-) Besides, she's left for the weekend. She'll never know you guys really agree with me! ;-) Hee. TMK

Posted by: The Mysterious K on January 27, 2006 04:37 PM

Black on my PC, navy on my Mac :) How is that for diplomacy?

Posted by: Dene on January 27, 2006 05:45 PM

Sorry, but I have a Mac and that is black as black can be! The only thing that is *blue* are the ends of the needles.

Nice spinning though TMK.

And great hats!

Posted by: Manise on January 27, 2006 06:35 PM

I've been a long-time lurker but have de-cloaked to let you know that in celebration of the Seahawks heading to the Superbowl I have a little blog contest going on. Swing on over and have a look.

Great Olympics button by the way - thanks MK!

Posted by: knitti-me on January 27, 2006 06:37 PM

From where I sit, that button is red, white and midnight navy. But hey -- I need new glasses and I use a PC, so what to I know? :)

Amazing how the addition of a mohair halo can turn even "coyote ugly" yarn into a thing of beauty. Love the hats, every single one.

TMK, kudos on the spinning! The green singles look great, and the combination of rovings you picked out look so nice together.

Frankie, dear, you're a hussy even by doggie standards. Good thing you're so darned cute!

Posted by: Denise in Kent, WA on January 27, 2006 06:58 PM

I prefer the ever delicate term "casabas". But I failed to see the resemblance to casabas, bazoombas or otherwise, because a) one is bigger than the other, and b) I've never seen any that perky that were made from anything natural...
(And on my monitor here at home, not only is the blue black, the red is orange. I need a new monitor.)

Posted by: Carrie on January 27, 2006 08:31 PM

Oh TMK, you poor thing--turns out you may be as dull as I am. I was confidently telling Ryan last time I saw her that you are way too bright to want to be a spinner--that only the very dull-witted (such as I) could sit, waggling our feet, twiddling our fingers making...well...string. Good looking green string you got there; yet I can't help but pity you.

Posted by: Kit on January 27, 2006 10:27 PM

TMK!!!!! That is a lovely singles yarn you have produced! Good for you!

Don't listen to Kit. She has no idea what she's talking about. And one would never ever call her dull. That's a fact.

Ryan - the button is definitely a nice blue-black. You know - as opposed to brown-black. blue-black. That's it.....

Posted by: Kim on January 27, 2006 11:34 PM

How do, Ryan.
Wouldn't I love to be able to tell you what the button colors are on my blog? But, nooooooo, my blog is playing "Stump the Martha" & so far, it's a no-go ^..^ Grrr.
I did something similar to what you did w/the bubble gum colored yarn: I combined yarn that had been hit w/the ugly stick w/ a solid dark yarn & it looked pretty good. Yes, it was used for some Dulaan caps - how did you know?
Beautiful newly spun yarn!

Posted by: Martha on January 28, 2006 07:07 AM

I see black with lovely undercurrents of a very dark blue? Ok so this is not fair -- how are we supposed to keep everyone happy (that terrible female affliction)?

Posted by: Donna in Virginia on January 28, 2006 08:48 AM

Yup, have certainly heard my fair share of the mac vs pc argument in MY house! My honey is a mac user as well, so any chance she gets...well, you obviously know the drill. :)

But *I* think it looks black! :)

The spinning looks incredible though! Now if my honey could only catch that bug! (she tries...)

Posted by: Carry on January 28, 2006 09:12 AM

If we were matching this color in the Spindrift color line, it would be: Dark Navy. Looks black until you put it up against something that actually is black, and then you see that it really is dark, dark navy. I am very impressed that TMK is learning to spin so well, being mostly self-taught!

Posted by: Karen on January 28, 2006 12:21 PM

Black. Or as we here in Mass. like to say: wicked pissah black! Which on reflection just sounds wrong.

By the by, I've asked the ladies in my synagogue knitting group to deidicate this years round of knitting to the Dulaan Project and wonder if I can make flyers for our use using the information you have?

Posted by: amysue on January 28, 2006 04:59 PM

AmySue, the answer is, of course!!! Please use the flyers whenever and wherever needed. I'll also email you offblog re this.

Posted by: Ryan on January 28, 2006 06:45 PM

Ok, Friday at work the button was red/white/black.

Saturday at home using my laptop it was red/white/blue.

Monday at work the button is red/white/blue.

All I can figure is that when I dropped by today my brain was expecting it to be red/white/blue, and so it was.

Or .... something....

Posted by: MaryB in Richmond on January 30, 2006 05:27 AM

My eyes agree with you... it's black. Unfortunately, my photoshop agrees with TMK, it's a really dark blue, Hex colour #010340 (yes, I'm that geeky, I had to check!)... does that make it a "blue black"?

Posted by: Su on January 30, 2006 08:38 AM
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